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RAFA Benalmádena 1357

Newsletter 94 January/February 2013

EL AVIAD R www.rafabenalmadena.co.uk Registro de Asociaciones de Andalucia No. 8363 NIF G-93009629

AGM 2013 The Branch AGM was held in the Peacock Bar on Monday 21st January 2012 with 20 members present. The meeting was declared open and chaired by the Chairman, Mr. Fred Briggs. He proposed the Loyal Toast and all stood for this and the RAFA Dedication. After the reading of the RAFA Dedication a minute’s silence was held. The Chairman welcomed all new members and guests. He reported that it a been a difficult year for the Branch with many different things happening. Firstly, Bill Dixon, our President for many years, resigned from RAFA and from the Branch, due to circumstances beyond our control. Fortunately Derek Brown, our vice President, took over and has agreed to stand this year. Jack Griggs, our Secretary, had to resign to give himself more time to attend to his partner. Ron Sibbett thankfully was able to step in and take over the reins. At the same time, Linda Salvoni, had to step down from her PRO position due to ill health and Jack Griggs has stepped into the role,. On a happier note we had a couple of good events at The Tamisa Golf Hotel. On 21st July we combined our usual Summer Ball with the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Benalmádena Branch. We were honoured to have as our guest Mr. Terry Joy, Chairman of the Costa Blanca Branch. The last event of the year was the Christmas Dinner Dance also at The Tamisa Golf Hotel on 8th December. Our guest of honour on this occasion was Mr. Bob Hunt, Chairman of the European Area Council. He presented Jack Griggs with the Dennis Emes Shield, which had been awarded to him at the European Area Conference in October. The Wings Appeal collection during Battle of Britain week was again at held Iceland store, Mijas Costa but as usual, lack of volunteers made it much harder on the few who made the effort and spared their time. Finally he appealed for more members to come forward to serve on the Committee and thanked the current members, particularly the Welfare team, for all their hard work over the past year. The Treasurer opened his report on a lighthearted tone saying that he had been in the post 10 years and perhaps it was time for someone else to take over the reins. He invited all those interested to form a queue at the bar after the meeting. He thanked Lawrence Salvoni for taking on the task of auditing the accounts at relatively short notice. The Treasurer then went on to highlight some of the Contents figures on the balance sheets. AGM 2013 Page 1 Membership subscriptions were over 100€ on the Committee Contact Details Page 2 previous years figures so we were successful in reForthcoming Events Page 2 cruiting new members. And Membership renewals AGM 2013 (cont’d) Page 3 had held steady which suggested we were retaining Membership Subscriptions Page 3 the members we had. He felt that 2013 would prove UK TV Reception Page 4 more difficult to maintain this trend. Burns Night Page 4 Appeal for Help Page 5 Report continues on Page 3. What’s On Page 5 Welfare Officer Page 6 Welfare Matters Page 7 Easter Ball Page 8


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Your Committee Contact Details PABCDB CEFGCHG HEF. SBHIBGCIJ FKIDG UFABDD OGLBIMKDB ANOKDBN President

Derek Brown

952486502

Life Vice President

Jack Griggs

952484117

Chairman

Fred Briggs

952119708

Vice Chairman

Lawrence Salvoni 654045911

Hon. Secretary

Ron Sibbett

607586894

Hon. Treasurer

Reg Haywood

952567412

Welfare Officers

Derek Brown

952486502

For matters regarding Welfare

Reg Haywood

952567412

welfare.rafabenal@yahoo.co.uk

Social Events

Eileen Pearson

619161241

Membership Secretary

Ron Sibbett

607586894

Wings Appeal

For general enquiries contact the secretary. secretary.rafabenalmadena@yahoo.co.uk

Contact Hon Secretary

For Newsletter items

Lawrence Salvoni

news.rafabenalmadena@yahoo.co.uk

Conference Delegate Public Relations

Email Contacts

Jack Griggs

952484117

Forthcoming Events Monday 18th February 2013

Branch Committee Meeting Monthly Branch Social Peacock Bar, Avenida Bonanza Arroyo de la Miel

12:30: 14:00

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Branch Open Day The Olive Tree, Coin Light Buffet, Raffle and Wine Taking RAF Benalmรกdena inland

12:00 to 16:00

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Branch Social Restaurant La Luna Campo de Mijas

12:30

Monday 18th March 2013

Branch Committee Meeting Branch Monthly Social Peacock Bar, Avenida Bonanza Arroyo de la Miel

12:30 14:00

Saturday 30th March 2013

Easter Ball Hotel Tamisa Golf See Poster on Page 8

19:30 for 18:15

Saturday 20th April 2013

St Georges Day Celebration Plaza Mezquita Arroyo de la Miel

12:00 to 17:00


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AGM 2013 (cont’d) The Wings collection at Iceland was only a little over half of last years figure, but the year-round collection saw an increase of over 500€. This was mainly due to one of our members placing collecting tins in a number of bars in Torremolinos. But overall our wings return to CHQ was down on the previous year by about 200€ On the social side, income was up as was expenditure, but we still managed a surplus of about 500€. The funds we disbursed to our Welfare clients, most of which comes from the RAFBF, has remained fairly steady at just over 42,000€, a not insignificant figure for our small Branch. But we have managed to reduce the Welfare expenses bill by 500€. Perhaps we are becoming more efficient. Finally, an appeal. To maintain the Branch finances in a stable and healthy state, we need a hard-working committee and the support of the members. You can help us by ensuring you renew your membership, I’m open for business after the meeting, and perhaps trying to recruit more new members. We also need you to support the various social functions we arrange. They are all done for your enjoyment and benefit

Membership Subscriptions and Renewals Renewals are due on 1st January 2013. From 1st January 2013, the amount you are requested to pay is indicated below. The changes reflect the changes in the Euro/GBP exchange rate and increased RAFA Subscription. Branch Subscription 1 Year

10.00€

Full Membership

1 Year

RAFA Only

1 Year

23.40€ Or £19.50

Full Membership

1 Year

Branch + RAFA

1 Year

33.40€ Or £27.83

Associate Membership

1 Year

Branch + RAFA

1 Year

20.20€ Or £16.84

Full or Associate Membership

4 Years

Prices on request

Those members on a 4 year membership which is not due this year should just pay the Branch UK Cheques payable to

The Royal Air Forces Association

Euro Cheques payable to

Benalmádena Branch of Royal Air Forces General Account

Subscription. Members who joined after July 2012 have nothing to pay this year.


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UK TV Reception What is the situation There are many rumours flying round, and as many "so-called" solutions, as to what has or is about to happen to UK TV reception via satellite. Firstly, do not panic. Then, do not get talked into any new system or upgrade now as the changes, apart from Channel 5 and its associates, have not yet been implemented, so you won't know if your money has been well spent or not. This is what is happening. The current satellites are reaching the end of their operational lives and are being replaced by a new generation of satellites. One, Astra 2F, is already up, and Channel 5 etc. has moved on to it. The next up is Astra 2E, due in the second quarter of 2013 and due to become operational later in this year. This satellite will be used by BBC, ITV and Sky. These new satellites give the stations the option of directing the signal to UK only, or to a wider area covering much of Europe. In the case of Channel 5, they chose the narrow UK only beam, and it is extremely unlikely that it will be possible to receive this station in our area unless they change to the wider beam. If the BBC, ITV and Sky decide to use the same narrow beam, then we WILL lose the stations here no matter how big your dish is. BUT, it is not known which beam they will use and we will not know until the move to this new satellite is implemented. There are copyright reasons for the BBC and ITV to restrict reception to UK only so there is a real possibility that this will happen. SKY does not have that problem and would be reluctant to lose a lot of revenue from legitimate customers here in Spain and so will probably still be OK (but excluding BBC and ITV). Also, a number of "Free-to-Air" channels and Radio stations are transmitted from Eutelsat and are not affected at the moment. The message at the moment is to sit still and wait until they change because any money spent now will be a waste. The channels will either work or not when the changes happen later this year and no new SATELLITE system will make any difference to that. Don't be talked into wasting your money. All is not lost however if we lose our direct satellite channels as there are some very good online options available, both stand-alone or computer driven, which can give you back at least your basic UK channels and a few more as well. More on this later as soon as further information becomes available. So, sit tight, wait and see, and do not get conned into wasting money. I hope this helps unravel the mysteries and rumours. This article was kindly submitted by Jack Griggs.

Burns Night On Thursday 24th January several members and friends celebrated a traditional Burns night Supper at the Peacock Bar, with Haggis, neeps and tattys, and of course a dram or two of whisky. We were very fortunate in acquiring the services of a piper (Leslie Thompson) who kindly donated his fee back to the Branch, because of help given to his ex-RAF uncle. The evening started with the guests being piped in to take their seats. This was followed by the host welcoming the guests and then reading of the Selkirk Grace. “Some hae meat and canna eat. And some wad eat that want it. But we hae meat and we can eat. And say the Lord be thankit. At this point the Haggis, borne on a silver platter and accompanied by the chef, the piper and the person who would address the haggis, was paraded past the guests. A whisky bearer also arrived to ensure the toasts were well lubricated. The poem “Toast to a Haggis, including the immortal line “Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin Race” was read completed by the toast “the Haggis”. The “Toast to the Lassies” was replied to in a very witty fashion by the host Katrina Bradley, also mine host of the Peacock Bar. The evenings entertainment was concluded with music from Dave Dean, the ever popular ex-Tornados guitarist and singer. Also during the evening a a raffle was held which much generated much needed funds for the Branch. All in all the evening was a great success, and we even managed to come away with a generous profit.


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Appeal For Help Branch Committee and Helpers This is an appeal for volunteers to help on the Branch Committee. A Branch can only survive if it has an active Committee, and this branch is no exception. We have been lucky for a couple of years in that we have had a fairly constant committee. That has now unfortunately come to an end. For many reasons we have lost, or not filled, several positions and this has placed a very heavy load on other committee members. Our Welfare Team is very busy but even there they have taken on other duties. The work on the committee can be very rewarding if at times frustrating, but to function properly, and to be able to offer a variety of functions, events, and services to the members, we do need a more complete number. This is an appeal for volunteers to join us as soon as possible, and to be able to carry through after next year's AGM. We currently have vacancies for: Vice President (2 allowed) Become part of the Branch Committee. Wings Appeal Coordinator. To organise and run the Branch Wings Collections. This includes keeping records of where tins are, and how much is collected from them, and running the Wings Week collection. Social Organiser(s)) 2 or more as a team. To organise and run all Branch Social Events. This can involve organising functions, trips out by bus etc. Welfare Assistants To join and assist our busy Welfare Team. Full training is available to those who wish to work independently within our allowed area. If you feel you are able to perform any of the above please contact the secretary on 607586894, who will fill in some detail. Help is available to ease any volunteer into the job. Our next Committee meeting is on February 18th, at 12.30 in The Peacock, and any volunteer would be very welcome to attend. Please help us to keep the Branch as successful as it has been for several years recently, especially on the Welfare front.

What’s On We are already well into the second month of the year and planning future socials for your enjoyment. We would of course like some feedback on what we are putting on for you and maybe a few ideas of what YOU the members would like us to arrange. In can be quite difficult at times as we don’t have a dedicated Social Events Coordinator, any volunteers? The monthly socials will of course continue at The Peacock (3rd Monday in the month) and at La Luna (1st Tuesday of the month). We look forward to your support for these events. The format of raffle, quiz and buffet you might think may be getting a bit stale, but this reflects the limited resources we can bring to bear. We are looking at alternatives for the La Luna social and the suggestion has been made of a fish and chips lunch with tea, bread and butter and a pudding. Also in mind is something like an afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes etc. Whatever we arrange we still need your support to make them a success. We are also planning a Branch Open Day to be held at The Olive Tree in Coin on Saturday 2nd March commencing at 12:00. The intention is to raise awareness of RAFA inland and hopefully recruit new members. We will be taking along our display stand packed with lots of information about the Branch and our Welfare work, plus RAFA Wings merchandise, including Wings Bear, mini bears, aircraft pins etc. There will also be a raffle and buffet. The event will be covered by The News. Why not come along and support your Branch. Directions from Jack Griggs. Tickets, priced at 35 euros are now on sale for the Easter Ball to be held at The Tamisa Golf Hotel on Saturday 30th March. This is always a well attended event so get your tickets early. The Ball will be the first function to be held at Tamisa following its complete refurbishment. Once again and for the third year running the Branch will be represented at the St Georges Day celebration in Plaza Mezquita, Arroyo de la Miel, on Saturday 20th April. The event is run to raise funds for local charities, this year again it is supporting ANABE, a charity for disabled children and AFAB a charity for Alzeimer sufferers in Benalmádena. The Branch will be there to raise our profile with our display and all the usual goodies, so come along to support the Branch and the local charities


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Honorary Welfare Officer - Role Description Honorary Welfare Officer – Role Description Title: Honorary Welfare Officer (elected) Purpose: To provide formal welfare support via the RAFA Branch to members of the RAF Family and their dependants. Main tasks: 1. To provide welfare support to eligible members of the RAF Family in line with the guidance in the RAFA Welfare Handbook. 2. To contact clients (identified by the Branch and on occasion by the Area Welfare Officer) directly and in a timely manor and arrange visits where necessary. 3. To assess the needs of clients and to undertake agreed action including referring onto other agencies and organisations, applying for financial assistance and making referrals for short welfare breaks. 4. Maintaining records of welfare work in accordance with RAFA policy and ensuring confidentiality. 5. Reporting on welfare work undertaken to the Branch (maintaining client confidentially at all times) and submitting returns on welfare work as requested by the Area Welfare Officer. 6. To be familiar with RAFA health and safety policies, particularly in relation to lone working and to inform the Branch Chair and the Area Welfare Officer of any health and safety concerns. 7. Attend welfare training courses and welfare seminars as required. 8. Maintain accurate records of your expenditure. 9. Inform the Branch Chair and Area Welfare Officer of any times that you are unable to carry out your volunteer role (holidays, sickness etc.) in order that your role can be covered. Honorary Welfare Officer – Person Specification The following list identifies the skills, experience and qualities that we feel are necessary for our Honorary Welfare Officers: _ A commitment to welfare work in RAFA _ A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort _ An ability to think independently and use good judgement _ An ability to work effectively as part of a disbursed welfare team _ A willingness to share knowledge and information with others _ An ability to maintain good records and uphold confidentiality _ An ability to build a rapport with clients and make them feel at ease _ Good character – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness and honesty


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Welfare Matters - Teleasistencia THE JUNTA de Andalucía’s home telephone assistance service is a personal attention system based on new technology that allows users to stay permanently in contact by phone. It is available: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Without leaving your home just by pressing a button Who can apply for the service? Dependents - People who have been assessed as dependents by the individual attention programme. There is no age limit and where a person is unable to fend for themselves then their carer will be facilitated with the service. Elderly people - To access the Teleasistencia service they are required to be the holder of the Junta de Andalucia's 65 card. Handicapped people – Those people with more than 65% disability and aged between 16 and 65 years old and who are not classified as dependents. They must be registered as residents on their town census. In any of the above cases, those who apply for the Teleasistencia Service must have a landline telephone at home. What does it cost? The service costs 18 euros/month, although there are discounts available depending on each person's circumstances, for example: Free Service (100% reduction) Elderly Junta de Andalucia 65 Gold Card holders who live alone, or who live only with a 65 Gold Card holder. Junta de Andalucia 65 card holders who are over 80 years old and live alone. Dependents, over 80 years old irrespective of their income. Dependents under 80 years old whose income is less than 75% of the IPREM (Indicador Público de Renta de Efectos Múltiples) Spanish means-test variable figure. Quota 3,60 euros/month ( 80% reduction): Junta de Andalucia 65 Gold Cardholders who live with non cardholders. Dependents under 80 years old whose income is equal to or more than 75% of the IPREM. Quota 10,80 euros/month (40% reduction): Junta de Andalucia 65 cardholders not included in any of the above categories. Disabled people. How to apply for it There are three ways of applying for the Teleassistence Service. By phone: Call 902 50 65 65, Monday-Friday from 8am-10pm. If you are over 65 you should have your Junta de Andalucia 65 card to hand as you will need to give your card number. Online: If you have a Digital Certificate you can fill out your application form and send it off immediately. If you have done this you can also track your application on the internet. If you don't have a Digital Certificate you can apply for one to the below address. By post: You can also obtain an application form at the Delegaciones Provinciales de la Consejería para la Igualidad y Bienestar Social, or you can download an electronic application form (you will need Acrobat Reader to do this) to print out and send to the following address: Fundación Andaluza de Servicios Sociales. Apartado de Correos 1265 - 41080 - Sevilla For more information on this subject contact Joanna at the Town Hall Foreign Residents' Department. This applies only to residents of Benalmádena. Residents of other municipalities should contact their local Town Hall.


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EASTER BALL Hotel Tamisa Golf th Saturday 30 March 7:30 for 8:15pm Tickets 35€ per person Includes Arrival Cava & Canapés, 3 Course Dinner, Wines during Dinner and ENTERTAINMENT AND MUSIC FOR DANCING BY

IAN JACKS Reservations and Tickets from 952567412, 607586894 or the Tamisa Golf Hotel Or any Committee Member Visit www.rafabenalmadena.co.uk for details Coach from Benalmádena subject to demand -10 € per person Benalmadena Branch Spanish Registration G93009629

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